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Castle Creek trail on holdASPEN After area residents made a stink Friday over a planned trail along Castle Creek near Aspen, Pitkin County officials decided to delay the construction and will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss the issue.Construction of the trail, which is designed to offer safe passage for commuting Aspen Music School students, was originally slated to begin Monday.The open meeting will be held in Aspen City Council chambers on Monday at 2 p.m. Planners chose the larger room to accommodate a possible high turnout, according to County Manager Hilary Fletcher.County officials hung notices of the meeting in the county courthouse building, and county staff will notify residents of the Castle Creek Road area, Fletcher said.Fletcher said the one-week delay will not cost the county any extra money nor affect the project timeline.Edwards getting new high schoolEDWARDS As shown by recent letters to the editor, some people are under the impression that plans to build a new facility for Red Canyon High School are in danger of being scrapped.That’s not the case at all, said Brooke Skjonsby, communications director for the school district.The district still plans on breaking ground on a new Red Canyon High School in Edwards in September, and should be finished by January. The school board recently approved $640,000 to be added to the $1.5 million construction budget to cover rising construction costs. Students will be displaced for at least a semester, but the school will hold classes at Colorado Mountain College.The new facility wasn’t on the original $128 million school bond approved in November, but the school board decided to build the school after getting a better-than-anticipated deal on the premium bond sale. (Vail Daily)Summit brings on the weed-eatersSUMMIT COUNTY The goats are here today. Hopefully, a bunch of noxious weeds will be gone tomorrow.From Monday through Aug. 3, 500 noxious weed eating goats will descend upon the Dillon Reservoir recreation area and the Frisco Willow Preserve Open Space. They are returning to the area as part of a cooperative effort between the Town of Frisco, Denver Water and the Summit County Weed Program to combat noxious weeds.”Golden Hooves,” a grazing company out of Maybelle, is under contract to graze 500 goats in the area. Goat grazing to reduce noxious weeds was first introduced to the area in 2001 and repeated in 2002 and 2004. It was found to be a successful method for reducing the noxious weed population. The goat-grazing program is particularly focused on eliminating the weed called Canada thistle. (Summit Daily News)
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